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  1. #1
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    Jul 2006

    CBC Chops Series After Government Cuts, Reveals Primetime Lineup

    CBC Chops Series After Government Cuts, Reveals Primetime Lineup
    9:50 AM PDT 4/19/2012 by Etan Vlessing

    "Redemption Inc.," "Michael: Tuesdays and Thursdays," "Insecurity" and "Cover Me Canada" get the axe as pubcaster unveils stand-pat primetime schedule for 2012-13.

    TORONTO - The cuts are starting to slice deeply into a cash-strapped Canadian Broadcasting Corp.

    Canada's CBC Slashes Jobs and Programming to Absorb Government CutsCanada's CBC to Slash Jobs After Government CutsThe Canadian pubcaster, facing a deep chop to its government subsidy, unveiled a slimmed-down primetime schedule for 2012-13 with a new crime drama, Cracked, and the historical drama Titanic: Blood and Steel, from European producer De Angelis Group.

    Shows not returning to the CBC included the underperforming comedies Michael: Tuesdays and Thursdays and Insecurity, and the reality shows The Debaters and Cover Me Canada.

    Also getting the chop is Redemption Inc., a reality series hosted by Kevin OíLeary that has ex-convicts competing to launch a legitimate business.

    The CBC has a stake in Redemption Inc., whose British format could spawn a U.S. version via Mark Burnett Productions, which already produces Shark Tank, in which OíLeary is a judge.

    And Battle of the Blades, another reality series, was iced for a possible return in the future.

    The program cancellations come as the CBC looks to close a projected $200 million budgetary gap after the federal government two weeks ago slashed $115 million from its annual parliamentary appropriation over three years.

    The pubcaster earlier said it had acquired Murdoch Mysteries, a period drama from Shaftesbury Films.

    And the CBC ordered to series Cracked, a police procedural that stars Stefanie von Pfetten (Battlestar Galactica), after an earlier pilot was developed.

    The historical drama Titanic: Blood and Steel comes from the same creative team behind two earlier CBC-acquired mini-series, Camelot and The Tudors.

    And while indie producer Temple Street Productions saw its Cover Me Canada competition series canceled, it did get a CBC pickup for Over the Rainbow, a Canadian version of the BBC One format where the search is on for a young woman to play Dorothy in a local production of The Wizard of Oz.

    Other series returning to a stand-pat CBC primetime schedule include Arctic Air, Mr. D., Dragonís Den and Heartland.

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    Jul 2006

    Channel Canada article

    Despite Channelenges, CBC TV Announces a Strong Roster of Canadian Shows for the 2012-2013 Season
    Fall Highlights / CBC
    Posted by RAD on Apr 19, 2012 - 10:20 AM

    Buoyed by very strong ratings last season, CBC Television today announced that 14 Canadian favourites will be returning for the 2012-13 season. ARCTIC AIR, the hit show which debuted to the largest audience for a drama in 15 years, will fly high again; MR D. will be back in class for a second season; and established prime time favourites will return to the lineup.

    "CBC Television's commitment to developing entertaining, engaging Canadian programming was rewarded with record ratings last season," said Christine Wilson, Executive Director, Content Planning for CBC English Services. "Despite financial challenges, the strength of those returning favourites combined with exciting new titles is setting the stage for an outstanding 2012-13 season."

    New programming includes MURDOCH MYSTERIES, produced by Shaftesbury Films; crime drama CRACKED produced by White Pine Pictures; historical drama TITANIC: BLOOD AND STEEL from the De Angelis Group (and the team behind CAMELOT and THE TUDORS) and OVER THE RAINBOW - the live competition search for theatre's newest Dorothy produced by Temple Street Productions in association with Mirvish Productions.

    The list of returning prime time shows is:
    22 Minutes
    Arctic Air
    Doc Zone
    Dragons' Den
    George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight
    Mr. D
    Republic of Doyle
    The Big Decision
    the fifth estate
    The Nature of Things
    The Rick Mercer Report
    The Ron James Show

    Full details plus information on specials planned for 2012-13 will be announced in the coming weeks.



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